Alva Thornberg


The Life of Alva

When Alva Thornberg was born in 1883, in Ireland, his father, J C Thornberg, was 28 and his mother, Sarah Mcalister, was 28. He married Pearl Winifred Leaverton on 2 October 1909, in Boone, Iowa, United States. He lived in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States in 1920.

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Alva Thornberg
Pearl Winifred Leaverton
Marriage: 2 October 1909

Spouse & Children

2 October 1909
Boone, Iowa, United States

Parents & Siblings

  • J C Thornberg


  • Sarah Mcalister




World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 1

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 33

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

Swedish: ornamental name from t(h)orn ‘thorn bush’ + berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Alva Thornburg, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Alva Thornberg, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Alva Thornberg, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"

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